These are truly the last days: Panem's rebellion from below
10 Nov 2015
Somewhere in a falling-down barn on a hill in District Nine, Zea finds a worn-out book and reads it in the light of combine headlights, cutting wheat on the empty prairies. There are stories still, passed down in secret, that once, a family could own land. She hardly believed them, but here it is on crumbling paper, the first technological revolution to sweep across the plains, the sounds of strange places on her tongue and something sparking in her mind. And when the Girl on Fire sparks a rebellion in Panem, Zea thinks of a family crawling across the country in a broken-down truck, words seared into her head: "when a majority of the people are hungry and cold they will take by force what they need." And in basement rooms, beside the train tracks, in the shadow of the grain elevators, connections are made, straw and chaff to feed the flame.
24 Dec 2016
"If they ever know themselves, the land will be theirs and all the gas, all the rifles in the world won't stop them."
-The Grapes of Wrath
The rebellion's heroes might be Victors in an Arena, conspirators in the Capitol, a shadowy district's machinations, but no rebellion survives without a thousand acts of bravery by ordinary people in extraordinary times. The prairies feed the nation, and the railroads knit it together, and when whispers in secret become networks and plans and action, Zea and Sara don't hesitate. There's no going back now.
05 Sep 2017
"If the step were not being taken, if the stumbling-forward ache were not alive, the bombs would not fall, the throats would not be cut. For every bomb is proof that the spirit has not died."
--The Grapes of Wrath
The die is cast, the spark set, the flame growing. Zea finds herself swept up in a world she never dreamed of; Sara has been dreaming of setting this fire for years. What can a few people do against the Capitol? Much more than they ever expected.
30 Jul 2017
Map images and Google Earth files for my Panem map, and detail for District Nine